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Racist Fans Sign Petition Urging Disney To Remove Black Actress From ‘Little Mermaid’ Remake


Racist Fans Sign Petition Urging Disney To Remove Black Actress From ‘Little Mermaid’ Remake

When Disney announced last week that Chloe x Halle singer Halle Baile, a black woman, will be playing Ariel in Disney’s upcoming The Little Mermaid live-action reboot, thousands took to social media to voice their anger at the casting decision.

Soon after, racist fans launched a petition calling on Disney to remove Bailey from the role of Princess Ariel.

The petition reads:

Recently it has been announced that the very talented actress/singer, Halle Bailey, has been cast as Ariel in the Disney live action The Little Mermaid. While most of us are all for diversity and I’m sure she can sing and act the part, Ariel is ICONICALLY a red head. Why take this away from the fans?”

Jasmine in the new live action Aladdin had to be cast as a true Middle Easterner, and the voices of the lions in the new Lion King HAD to be black. Why can Ariel not stay red headed, blue eyed white girl.

There’s nothing wrong with being proud to be ANY race. Black, white, Asian, Latino, etc. Just like Mulan is Asian with black hair and brown eyes, and HOPEFULLY Pocahontas is Native American. Ariel is our red headed princess. Little red headed white girls shouldn’t have to feel ashamed or jipped.

If you want a black princess, let’s do Princess and The Frog. I’m sure Halle would be great in it. But Ariel is white, red headed, and blue eyed.

The petition had gathered nearly 11,000 signatures by Sunday afternoon.

Some outraged fans attempted to use “science” to prove that if a half-woman half-fish creature did exist they would be white.

“Mermaids live in ocean. Underwater = limited sunlight. Limited sunlight = less melanin. Less melanin = lighter skin color,” one tweeted. “Because they live underwater, which has no access to light beyond a certain depth, Ariel and every other mermaid in existence would be albino.”

“Correct me if I’m wrong,” another wrote. “But isn’t it physically impossible for Ariel to be black? She lives underwater, how would the sun get to her for her to produce melanin?! Nobody thought this through..?”

Others defended the casting, noting that the character is fictional and mythological.

And to those who tried to use the whole “There are no brown mermaids in the Little Mermaid,” one Twitter user wrote:

On Saturday, an “open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls” was posted on the Instagram account of Disney’s cable network Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family.

“Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy),” the post read. “But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish. Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair.”

“But spoiler alert – bring it back to the top – the character of Ariel is a work of fiction,” the post continued. “So after all this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she ‘doesn’t look like the cartoon one,’ oh boy, do I have some news for you…about you.”


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